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Topic: Best Bond to Start Kids off on

My nephews are 9 and 10 and I was thinking of introducing them to the Bond films. But where should I start?

My initial thought was Goldfinger: it's a classic and has lots of great gadgets and action. But here in Australia it's rated M15+ so it's out of the question.

The next film I thought of was You Only Live Twice: it's filled with fantastic set pieces and even has the awe-inspiring volcano-lair. But Connery's performance is flat here so the kids might not empathise with the character and put them off the series. Plus it might be a bit too dated for them.

Live and Let Die is a fun romp with lots of humour and gadgets but I thought the voodoo scenes might creep the kids out.

Moonraker is a fun romp from beginning to end with Jaws playing dumb for a lot of the time, and then there's plenty of gadgets and the  dramatic space-station fight. My only concern here is Corine's death scene.

The first half of Octopussy is light-hearted fun, but then it becomes quite dark towards the end and I think the kids would lose interest.

Goldeneye was the film that introduced me to the series. It's fairly modern and is a classic with some brilliant scenes. But the first half is slow and might bore the kids.

What are your thoughts? Which Bond film would you introduce to 9 and 10 year olds?

1. CR 2 OHMSS 3. TSWLM 4. TLD 5. SF 6. GE
7. FRwL 8. FYEO 9. LtK 10. TMwtGG 11. AVtaK 12.OP
13. TND 14. GF 15. DN 16. SP 17. TWiNE 18. TB
19. MR 20. LaLD 21. YOLT 22. DAD 23. QoS 24. DAF

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It's Moonraker for me. Moonraker is probably the film that introduced me to Bond at a very young age, much younger than 9 years old. Kids love Jaws. Corinne's death is a little scary, but you don't see anything gruesome. The only problem is that after the kids see this, nothing will ever be as cool as Bond going into outer space. It's th

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Moonraker or You Only Live Twice

To be fair at 9 and 10 you can pretty much show them any Bond film from 1962 - 1985. Maybe leave On Her Mahesty's, the middle bit drags a bit for youngsters.

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My father started me with Goldfinger.

"History isn't kind to men who play God." - DC "I gave him the limp." - PB  "Better make that two." - TD

"Keeping British end up, sir." - RM "This never happened to the other fellow." - JL "I must be dreaming." SC

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Maybe have a chat with their parents first. Find out what things they are used to watching. That should give you a better indication. I would say Moonraker too. Regarding Corinne's death, you don't actually see it. But it I would check that your nephews don't have a fear of dogs! TSWLM might also be fun for them.

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Moonraker sounds good, not too serious, an easy watch and an easy to follow story. As for
Corinne's death, you could perhaps distract them at that point with a " Who wants a sweet "
or Ice cream etc  ajb007/wink

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Moonraker sounds good, not too serious, an easy watch and an easy to follow story.  As for Corinne's death, you could perhaps distract them at that point with a " Who wants a sweet " or Ice cream etc  ajb007/wink

Yep, I agree it's MR.  IcePak, if this is indeed the one you choose, just make sure you have an answer ready when your nephews ask, "Hey Uncle IcePak, what's re-entry?"  ajb007/biggrin

Hilly...you old devil!

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ajb007/lol  For the technical answer, just watch " The Right Stuff " afterwards  ajb007/wink

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Would definitely go along with Moonraker. Also TSWLM.

"Any of the opposition around..?"

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Kids must be sort in Australia if at 9 or 10 you can't show them Goldfinger. Anyway, what happens, does Dame Edna come down the chimney to remonstrate with you?
I got to see GF at the age of 5 or 6, didn't do me any harm - well, that's arguable.  ajb007/crap I would go with that one myself but don't make a big fanfare. Even Dr No would be fine but don't make out it's the best thing ever. Don't sell it as an action film.
Otherwise, TSWLM.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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I think I was 3 when I saw Moonraker on television. I turned out just fine.  ajb007/insane